Yu Su 苏玉

Honey Osmanthus Congee for One


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mask by Maya Gauvin @maya.gauvin


so since my debut album is titled "yellow river blue" which refers to the old mother river of where i'm from. It is part of a long term theme for my music on methodology, daoist tales, history, and ancient landscape.

ive been thinking of sharing an ancient (river people) recipe which is very earthy peasant food: a sweet cornmeal based congee with goji, pumpkin, dates, honey, and dried osmanthus. it is very nourishing for the fem body (which represents the Yin energy, thats closely associated with the earth), that according to the Dao cosmology, the human body connects all things and transforms the yin back to the Yang heaven.

i want to hand write the recipe down, and have my close friend maya gauvin whos a ceramicist to create a pattern/graphic that is reflect images of these corps, plants, also things like dirt/sand, in a style of very thick brushstroke and very wild/primitive.


Please gather these things

3 tbsp millet

2 tbsp oats

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp chopped walnuts

A handful of dried goji berries

2 to 3 chopped chinese dates or medjool dates

2 tbsp of dried osmanthus

1 and a half cup of water


Follow these steps

rinse and soak the millet for 10 to 20 min, once its ready, bring about one and half cup of water on medium high to a boil, then turn down your heat to a medium low.

add your freshly bathed millet, boil and stir for a few min. then cover the pot and simmer on low for 20 min. check on it a couple times and stir to make sure nothings sticking to the bottom. by now the millet congee should be getting thickened and smooth.

now add the oats, honey, and dates, stir and simmer for another 5 min on low, or until oats are softened and well cooked. remove the pot from heat, stir in the goji and dried osmanthus , lid on and let it sit for a few min.

scoop yourself a big bowl of congee, sprinkle some chopped walnuts on top, perhaps drizzle more honey if you’ve got a sweet tooth like i do. dig in! watch out to not burn your tongue!


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